ERIC Number: ED453947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Parents' Demand for Childcare in Scotland. Interchange 64.
Hinds, Kerstin; Park, Alison
This issue of "Interchange" reports the findings of a survey of parents of children ages 14 and under in Scotland regarding child care demand. The purposes of the survey were to: (1) establish the types and quantities of child care used; (2) identify the financial costs of child care; (3) identify reasons why parents select different forms of child care and the factors governing their choice; and (4) establish the types and quantities of child care required by parents in an ideal world. Participating in Part 1 of the survey were 1,336 respondents selected randomly from Child Benefit records, providing baseline data on the use of and demand for child care. Participating in Part 2 of the survey was a subsample of 516 Part 1 participants who reported on child care affordability and the relationship between child care and mothers' participation in the labor market. Responses indicated that 58 percent of parents had used some form of child care in the previous week. A child's age was the most significant predictor of child care use, followed by household and employment structure, the number of children in the household, and the household's income. Child care was more likely to be of an informal than formal nature, with grandparents the most commonly used providers. Just over a quarter of parents reported some unmet demand for child care in the past year. The majority of parents preferred an informal child care provider in an "ideal world." Parents' reasons for a particular child care provider choice varied according to type of provider used. Parents' satisfaction with their provider was very high. About half the parents felt there was not enough information available on child care provision. Thirty percent of parents using paid child care found it difficult to pay for care. Fewer than 10 percent chose paid child care because they thought it was of higher quality or more reliable than free care. (KB)
Descriptors: Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Employed Parents, Family Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, Mothers, National Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Program Costs, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Executive Education Dept., Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)